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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful:

Another sincere attempt to revive the Hrishi Da magic on screen.

6/10
Author: bobbysing from India
7 March 2010

At first the movie made a wrong impression when it came out with an inspired poster from the English Flick "License To Wed" as its first look. Later after the new posters came in, the makers couldn't impress the viewers with their 'Just OK' promos on all the TV channels. As a result the film was not able to generate enough curiosity in the trade circles, despite of the presence of Paresh Rawal in its lead comic role.

And now after watching the so called comedy, it can be easily said that the final outcome is exactly similar to its average promotional campaign and nothing else. Though director Ashwni Dhir sincerely tries to revive the magic of those realistic and lovable films by Hrishikesh Mukherjee & Basu Chatterjee. But his ATKJ fails to make an overall impact on the viewer and misses the mark just like the recently released "Toh Baat Pakki".

Based on the plot of an unwanted guest (Atithi) in the house, the movie starts off well and manages to impress the viewer with an appreciable climax too. But it's between these two ends that it loses the grip over the subject and starts wandering into many predictable, uninteresting and repetitive sequences which unfortunately take away the beauty from its noticeable concluding 30 minutes. For instance how many times we have seen a married couple going to a hotel to spend few days and then being caught in a sudden police raid at the place.

Instead of writing some novel and fresh scenes in the script, the writers have gone for the usual comic punches involving the Police and Underworld Don seen many times before in similar other projects. To be precise the first scene of the movie itself is highly inspired from the famous Pakistani Stage Artist "Umar Sharif's comedy play". Apart from these, the overused farting sequences of Paresh also tend to go over the top after a while. Moreover the characters remain the part of a movie only and the viewer never feels any empathy towards their tough & helpless circumstances.

However there are few worth watching moments in the flick, which are able to save it from being called a merely below average product. One is its beautifully directed final hour which gives you the glimpses of our rich traditional values and culture. Second are the highly enjoyable and well acted scenes of Satish Kaushik with Paresh Rawal, capable of moving you emotionally. And third are its two devotional tracks with their innovative western arrangements by Pritam especially the "Mata Ki Arti" track made on the composition of "Beedi Jaliye Le" Performance wise, Paresh Rawal excels in the title role of an Atithi. He truly looks great and acts superbly as a village person visiting Mumbai after a long gap. Konkona is very natural and real in her portrayal of a lady trying to cope up between her home and work. But Ajay Devgan is strictly OK with nothing exceptional to write about. Satish Kaushik is a delight to watch in his few scenes and from the rest of the cast Sanjay Mishra stands out as the watchman. The child artist playing the couple's son doesn't get much scope in the script. Musically the soundtrack is fine with a catchy title track from Amit Mishra, but it cannot sell as a Music CD alone in the market. Cinematography serves the purpose well and dialogues are good in some particular scenes.

In short, ATKJ is a sincere attempt but could have been much better with some fresh and hilarious sequences added into the script. Actually it's a light comic drama and not a complete comedy as misleadingly projected by its makers. It fails to generate any laughter but is capable of making you smile at regular intervals. A simple and clean movie, which can be watched with the entire family on a weekend holiday.

According to the opening titles the movie is inspired from a short story or article by Late Sharad Joshi, but I also found the subject hugely similar to Satyajit Ray's masterpiece "Agantuk" meaning Stranger, which had the great Utpal Dutt playing the unwanted guest in the house.

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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful:

Decent time-pass flick... Not good Not Bad...

6/10
Author: decentgauravgdg from India
5 March 2010

Watched the movie back-to-back after Road, Movie.. Was disappointed with Road... So opted for this one to lighten up the mood.. Jokes were hackneyed and copied from "The Great Indian Laughter Challenge".. The movie was not at all hilarious but also not boring.. Decent time-pass flick with your family.. Songs were very interesting with unorthodox lyrics.. Go and watch the movie with not much expectations.. Paresh Rawal is a first-rate actor.. He successfully brings out the Frustrating emotions among the audiences.. Konkana Sen Sharma has looked surprisingly beautiful... Ajay Devgan was decent too but repetitive.. Over all one time watch..

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Simple and Beautiful

7/10
Author: Biswajit Tripathy from India
13 June 2010

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Simple, Soft and Funny. That is the summary of the movie. This is about a guest who has arrived in this home and isn't willing to go back.

Ajay Devgan and Konkana are a stereo typed couple who stays in a small flat in Mumbai. Like all other families they always rue the fact that they don't have any relative to visit their house. One fine day, one of their distant Chachaji comes down to their house whom they haven't seen before. Chachaji has come but he has no intention to go back to the village. His early morning gargling, farting aloud in the main room, his daily bhajans made the life hell for Konkana because she has to cook pakoras and other types of snacks for chachaji's daily visitors. Soon they get used to Chachaji and when Chachaji finally plans to leave their house, they came to understand he isn't their Chachaji. He is the Chachaji of their neighbor's apartment with same flat number.

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8 out of 12 people found the following review useful:

*** / **** Fun entertainer, a decent watch for the family

Author: Ramneek Suri
6 March 2010

'Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge' is a fun entertainer, nothing earth shattering of course; but still definitely worth watching. The jokes are generally clean and the film can be enjoyed by the entire family.

The premise is slightly hackneyed, and not all the jokes hit their mark. For instance, the sequence at the hotel with the police raid is rather unoriginal. Still, the actors give their best and their comic timing makes a decent script fun.

Paresh Rawal is a big reason for the film's success. He manages to milk every situation for laughs. Konkana is fine, but the role doesn't give her as much scope as her indie films. Devgan is alright. At two hours the film's length is just about right and it manages not to overstay its welcome!

Overall: watchable entertainer *** / ****

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Flashes of Hrishi Da's Cinema...

6/10
Author: nama chakravorty from India
6 May 2010

The Legendary Hrishi Da cinema, that was sweet and simple is back after a long, long time in 'Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge?'. It's not half of what the cult filmmaker made during his heydays, but talented writer-director Ashwni Dhir brings back such memories, of telling a simple story in the most simplistic manner.

'Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge?' is about a family of 3, who's life turns upside down when a Atithi knocks on their door claiming to be a far-away relative. Dhir's writing and direction both are fantastic in the first hour, you just don't stop laughing. But his writing and direction falters in the second hour, it loses grip and becomes really dragging. If you laugh loudly pre-interval, you yell at post-interval portions. Despite being a good film, it's minuses cannot be forgotten.

Coming to the performances, Ajay is good. Konkona Sen Sharma is, as always, proficient. Paresh Rawal is the real scene-stealer. The Legendary actor sinks his teeth into the character and brings it out with flying colors. Satish Kaushik is terrific in a brief role. Sanjay Mishra is okay.

On the whole, This 'Atithi' is welcome, because of it's simplicity.

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4 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

Audience tum kab aaoge?

Author: Avinash Patalay from Middle Earth
30 April 2010

Ashwani Dheer caught my attention in "One Two Three" his first directorial outing. Under-rated and deserved a wee-bit more recognition/ appreciation. So obviously I was looking forward to his next venture namely "Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge". Unlike "One Two Three" which turned into a slightly complicated owing to the parallel sub-plots, "Atithi stays clear. Its a single plot running in a single direction. No complications - simple!

Performances::

Paresh Rawal:: The "Atithi" character is the backbone of the premise and no doubts on that front. Slightest error in delivery would have led to catastrophic results. Paresh knows this fact and hence treads the path with extreme caution. His performance is nothing short of perfection. He brings the Atithi character so much true to life that you will mind will begin to flash out strong resembling relatives. Every act and every line is realistic.

Konkana:: There is no scope to doubt her performance, as usual she is impeccable. In "Atithi..." her costumes deserve a special mention.

Ajay:: In my opinion, he was miscast. Even if it was Sunil Shetty the expectations would have run on those lines, if you know what I mean.

Satish Kaushik leaves a mark. Akhilendra Mishra and Viju Khote were adequate. Other Ashwani Dheer regulars do their part of stocking fillers viz. Sanjay Mishra, Mukesh Tiwari etc.

There are adequate humour in store for the audience. I particularly liked the "Sholay" and the "Beedi Jalaile" spoof.

If not a laugh-riot on the lines of Priyadarshan, "Atithi..." is a decent fare and safe for a one-time watch.

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3 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

Atithi, For How Many Days Will U Stay?

Author: Chrysanthepop from Fraggle Rock
10 May 2010

'Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge' is a silly but amusing comedy. Munmun lives a happy life with her husband and son. Both are working parents living the modern family life. Their preferable routine life is shattered when, out of nowhere, a guest shows up at their doorstep and stays with them on the promise of a few days. The invasive guest has his own demands and routine which pretty much turns everything upside down for the host family. Days turn to weeks and weeks turn to month but there's no sign of this guest leaving.

The story feels familiar but the jokes work well nonetheless. The special effects are surprisingly good too. Where writer/director Ashwani Dheer fails is to balance the comedy and drama. While he succeeds with humour, the intense moments appear too melodramatic and irritating. It may not be the best comedic movie out there but it's way superior to those David Dhawan/Priyadarshan type movies (with a few exceptions like 'Hera Pheri).

Ajay Devgan seems to be getting more comfortable with comedy (compared to how awful he used to be) which helps. Paresh Rawal is terrific. I am glad to see Konkona Sen Sharma getting the chance to display her comic flair. Even though Rawal dominates the movie, Sen Sharma completely holds her own.

Overall, 'Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge' promises a few laughs, nothing more. It's enjoyable enough to watch with the family, not a bad date movie and maybe something for a rainy day.

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0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Tries hard to mix realism with commercial

4/10
Author: silvan-desouza from India
25 June 2013

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Sometimes when filmmakers are confused whether to stick to either realistic situational comedy or force in commercialism, it ends up in a mess The story is good and holds promise but the going ons soon become tad too formulaic at times, some scenes are superb like the set scene where the set gets blasted and Ajay confronting Satish, but the problem is the film tends to lose pace and also momentum and soon shifts to scenes which are far fetched like Ajay sending a Goon Akhilendra Mishra to frighten Paresh and the scene later, Also the film gets lengthy in the second half and some scenes seem repetitive, the ending too leaves a lot to be desired, the sudden shift from drama to comedy is irksome

Direction by Ashwini Dhir is good in parts Music is okay

Ajay Devgn looks the character and performs well, pokerfaced comedy suits him well and he does well, Konkana Sen Sharma is superb as usual Paresh Rawal is flawless in his role, Amongst rest Mukesh Tiwari is okay, Sanjay Mishra is as usual, Akhilendra Mishra, Satish Kaushik and rest are good

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7 out of 16 people found the following review useful:

OK. But, not up to the mark.

4/10
Author: (raghu13uk@gmail.com) from India
7 March 2010

The movie had great expectations. That was quite natural having Paresh Rawal in the casting. People might expect this to be another Hera Pheri. However, I didn't had any of that kind of expectation. I just wanted to watch a decent comedy movie.

The first 15 minutes were the best part of the movie. However, later the comedy scenes were too isolated and stand independent. And most of the comedy/tragedy have not required a guest. Any other character in the movie could have done those. There are hardly any jokes you could remember.

The unnecessary songs leave their mark, making you to think why the hell so many songs are there in the movie. There are 3 devotional songs!!!! But, "Jyothi Jalaile" is the only songs you would remember for its funny side (it has the tune of famous "Beedi Jalaile" from Omkara).

The acting by all the members are good. But, the story lacked a good comedy theme in it so that actors can contribute more.

The two things you would remember coming out of the hall are the "Jyothi Jalaile" song and the climax. I recommend this only if you have no other work and just want to kill some time.

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3 out of 19 people found the following review useful:

Pretty awful! :-(

1/10
Author: Gaurang Khetan (grkhetan) from California
24 April 2010

This movie is now one of my top 3 worst films I have ever seen.

Each scene was artificial, the jokes were disastrous. Instead of laughing, we were crying. We had to leave at the intermission time, because this was not just going anywhere. The emotions shown were awful and no scene was believable.

Please please avoid. Better use of time is to watch Paresh Rawal's previous comedy films than to cry watching this.

Acting wise Paresh Rawal was just about okay. The other actors were also so so.

But the main problem is the script and directing.

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